Theatre Arts

H. Scott Baron, Acting 1, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course will entail a study of beginning skills such as movement for the stage, relaxation, and beginning acting tasks (observations, emotional recall, use of space, concentration). Beginning scene work will be included.

Required Texts:

Internet w/email access
No texts required
Any texts, scripts or reference material may be provided as needed during class or available online

Syllabus: 
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H. Scott Baron, Acting 1, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course will entail a study of beginning skills such as movement for the stage, relaxation, and beginning acting tasks (observations, emotional recall, use of space, concentration). Beginning scene work will be included.

Required Texts:

Internet w/email access
No texts required
Any texts, scripts or reference material may be provided as needed during class or available online

Syllabus: 

H. Scott Baron, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Fall 2015

Course Description:

An investigation of the process of rendering literature aloud, with attention to problems of impersonation, consideration of style, and application of specific vocal techniques.

Required Texts:

* Todd V. Lewis. Communicating Literature: An Introduction to Oral Interpretation. Kendall/Hunt Publishing. Fifth Edition. ISBN 978-0-7575-9809-8
* Black 3-ring mini-binder with 5” x 7” non-glare sheet protectors. Oral Interpreters utilize the black binder to hold scripts during presentations. The binder should be in addition to another holder used to contain numerous handouts.
* Supplemental texts, scripts, prose or poetry selections may be provided by instructor or student as needed.
* Internet w/email access.

Syllabus: 

H. Scott Baron, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Spring 2016

Course Description:

An investigation of the process of rendering literature aloud, with attention to problems of impersonation, consideration of style, and application of specific vocal techniques.

Required Texts:

* Todd V. Lewis. Communicating Literature: An Introduction to Oral Interpretation. Kendall/Hunt Publishing. Fifth Edition. ISBN 978-0-7575-9809-8
* Black 3-ring mini-binder with 5” x 7” non-glare sheet protectors. Oral Interpreters utilize the black binder to hold scripts during presentations. The binder should be in addition to another holder used to contain numerous handouts.
* Supplemental texts, scripts, prose or poetry selections may be provided by instructor or student as needed.
* Internet w/email access.

Syllabus: 

John Teacher, Introduction to Theatre Design, Fall 2015

Course Description:

An introduction to the process of designing scenery, lighting, properties, and costumes for live theater.

Required Texts:

“Texts” Impromptu by Tad Mosel (and) Everyman by Anon (provided)
Mechanical Pencil(s)
Architect’s scale (ruler)
Art Materials—List to follow
One ticket to Pitt-Johnstown Theatre Department’s Fall Mainstage “Decisions and Choices”
Nov 18-21 @ 7:30PM and Nov 22 @2:30pm

John Teacher, Modern Theatre, Spring 2016

Course Description:

In the realm of visual arts, cavemen drawing images on cave walls have turned into people sitting in warm comfortable homes deciding how many pixels to make their latest Adobe Lightroom © image. So too has theatre evolved with each epoch of theatrical effort making its contribution and impression on the art form and the next generation of theatre creators. This course looks at those milestones, mainly from a western theatre perspective, post 1700, viewpoint. It will identify what influenced these eras, how they influenced others, and what we still retain of them today.We will consider these eras both from a literary as well as a historical context.

Required Texts:

-Living Theatre: A History (6th Edition), by Wilson and Goldfarb
-The Norton Anthology of Drama Vol. 2 (2nd edition)

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John Teacher, Rendering and Painting, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course is a study in the process of creating scenic renderings to be turned into scenery for theatrical productions as well as the process and techniques of painting scenery—concentrating on backdrops.

Required Texts:

-Art materials to be discussed in class
-“Old Clothes” you do not mind getting paint on

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John Teacher, Stage Management, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course will examine in detail the backstage activities necessary to support a professional theatrical, music theater, or concert production—from sound and lighting cue placement to properties and running crew. Students anticipating careers in the entertainment industry will benefit from this background in communication, safety, proper terminology, and technical support. Course will have a final project in lieu of a final exam.

Required Texts:

Stage Management by Lawrence Stern and Alice R.O’Grady Pub. Allyn & Bacon
Monday Morning Leadership by David Cottrell Pub. CornerStone ISBN 0-9719424-3-9
Everyman by Anonymous
One ticket to Decisions and Choices: An evening of Theatre. November 18-21 7:30pm and November 22 2:30pm

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John Teacher, Stagecraft 1, Spring 2016

Course Description:

Entails a study of the construction and rigging of scenic units for stage settings.

Required Texts:

-Backstage Handbook Carter. Broadway Press ISBN 0-911747-39-7

Syllabus: 
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John Teacher, Visually Based Design and Multimedia for the Theatre, Fall 2015

Course Description:

Students will begin the course by examining differences in design methodology between visually based and traditional design as it applies to theatrical and special events. Students will create theoretical designs utilizing the techniques and methodologies discovered in class.

Required Texts:

There is no text book for this class. Students will be required to purchase a sketch pad/ visual journal as well as artist quality illustration materials (ie. Colored pencils, watercolors, or pastels—NOT Crayola crayons.) Students will also need a USB jump/thumb drive dedicated to this class.

Mechanical Pencil(s)
Architect’s scale (ruler)
Art Materials—List to follow
One ticket to Pitt-Johnstown Theatre Department’s Fall Mainstage “Decisions and Choices”
Nov 18-21 @ 7:30PM and Nov 22 @2:30pm

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